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Never too old for romance

Care Services Stories
  • IRT couple Jess and John enjoyed a very special Valentine’s Day this year
  • Their day included a trip to Symbio Wildlife Park
  • The koalas and meerkats were a highlight for the pair
  • Jess and John wanted to thank everyone who made their special day possible
19 July 2019
Jess and John enjoying a glass of bubbly at Symbio Wildlife Park.
Jess and John enjoying a glass of bubbly at Symbio Wildlife Park.

Jess Lewis and John Smith celebrated Valentine’s Day in style this year with a special day out.

"We truly enjoyed our day and getting to see all the animals.”
Jess and John

A special Valentine’s Day experience for Kanahooka couple Jess Lewis and John Smith was one they won’t forget anytime soon.

Jess and John featured in The Good Life (Issue 3, 2018) in the story Second Chance at Love – which described how they met at William Beach Gardens at IRT Kanahooka and their wedding in August last year. They never had a honeymoon so a special day trip to Symbio Wildlife Park at Helensburgh was the next best thing.

Symbio Wildlife Park – Marketing and Creative Services Manager Kevin Fallon says that they wanted to offer a Valentine’s Day experience to a well-deserving couple and he reached out to IRT.

Kevin contacted Leisure Coast Limousine Service and Dee Kramer Photography (Above Down Under) to assist with the day.

John and Jess’s special day out included limousine pick-up from William Beach Gardens, a scenic stop at Bald Hill Lookout, before heading onto Symbio Wildlife Park.

Jess and John getting up close with the animals.
Jess and John getting up close with the animals.

“At Symbio they got to go behind the scenes with the animals and had cheese and champagne,” Kevin says. “It was just a lovely day and a way of giving them a honeymoon experience. It was also a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They both said they couldn’t thank everyone enough.”

Jess and John said they were very surprised but delighted by the invitation to visit Symbio and they had a fantastic day.

“We truly enjoyed our day and getting to see all the animals,” they said.

The best part of the day for them was the surprise lunch, the wine and seeing all the animals like the koalas and meerkats.

So were there any particular animals that were their favourites? “The meerkats,” they said in unison.

Jess and John’s special day was captured by Symbio and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1umcz42-Rc. Jess and John also wanted to thank everyone who made their special day out possible.

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